The bye week is over and the Boston College Eagles are still unfortunately 3-7 heading into the long awaited Fenway Park game with Notre Dame. The Irish, of course, have a lot more to play for than the Eagles this year, sitting at #4 in the most recent College Football Playoff rankings and seemingly just two wins away from securing their place in the mix.
The Book and Phil Steele are very bullish on the Irish this week, with the 16-17 point spread put out by Vegas nothing more than a speed bump, to what they both believe will be a four touchdown win by ND. Once again, the number seems awfully high, but I will caution you that both publications once again posted over .500 weeks, with Steele opening up an even larger advantage for the season after going 56% for the week, good for a nine game lead over GamePlan.
BC now sits at #87 in the Book and #81 with Steele. The 87 ranking matching what the Massey composite system offers as well. For you Sagarin fans, Jeff has the Eagles at #84 this week, so all are in reasonable agreement as to the plight of the Birds.
The hottest team in both polls right now are the North Carolina Tar Heels. Larry Fedora's bunch continues to pummel ACC Coastal opposition and now sits in the driver's seat for a berth in the ACC Championship game opposite Clemson. The Heels are now actually higher rated than Clemson by both magazines and would be in the CFP if this analysis had its way.
The other teams in this week, depending on the flavor you prefer. Book: 1) Alabama, 2) Oklahoma, 3) North Carolina, 4) Ohio State. Steele: 1) Alabama, 2) Oklahoma, 3) Ohio State, 4) North Carolina.
Enjoy your football weekend and Go Eagles!
|at Oklahoma St.||5.6/2.9||Baylor|
|at Ohio St.||15.4/19.1||Michigan St.|
|Michigan||3.4/1.9||at Penn St.|
|at Arkansas||8.9/12.9||Mississippi St.|
|at Florida||43.5/48.5||Florida Atlantic|
|at Clemson||33.7/34.3||Wake Forest|
|at Miami||3.1/2.0||Georgia Tech|
|North Carolina||11.0/11.9||at Virginia Tech|
|at NC State||16.4/18.6||Syracuse|
|at Washington St.||18.8/18.3||Colorado|
|Notre Dame||29.1/28.8||Boston College|